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John Godwin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675631

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675631.001.0001

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The Life of Love

The Life of Love

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(p.45) Chapter 3 The Life of Love
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Reading Catullus
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John Godwin

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675631.003.0003

This chapter explores Catullus' love poems, focusing on the wider context of sexual manners found in the Roman society he lived in. In most of Catullus' love poems, the name Lesbia appeared prominently for numerous occasions. According to the writer Apuleius, Lesbia can be a pseudonym for a certain Clodia Metelli, the sister of the Roman tribune Plubius Clodius Plucher. According to Catullus' poems, love is a sickness that makes the world stop, and which prohibits him from functioning normally in his ‘sick’ state of mind.

Keywords:   love poems, Lesbia, Catullus, Clodia Metelli, Apuleius, Plubius Clodius Plucher, love

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